Biblical Interpretation Then and Now examines the use of the Bible in the early church and relates apostolic and patristic interpretation to contemporary trends in hermeneutics. Dockery traces the developments in early Christian interpretation, noting both continuities and discontinuities. His study begins with Jesus, and observes the developments in interpretation to the time of the historic Council of Chalcedon, noting the philosophy, theology, and traditions which influenced each period.
Provides readers with a generally able and well documented survey of patristic biblical interpretation and a significant discussion of the potential importance of earlier patterns of interpretation to contemporary hermeneutical discussion.
—Richard A. Muller, Calvin Theological Journal
Those seeking a general introduction to patristic hermeneutics will be grateful once again for this book's availability.
—Amos Yong, Religious Studies Review
A useful survey for beginning students: the writing is clear, the overall appraisal of the period follows generally accepted lines, and the attention to contemporary concerns can help the reader approach the topic with a valuable perspective.
—Moisés Silva, Westminster Theological Journal
A well-documented, readable, and welcome addition to one's theological library.
—Roy B. Zuck and Joe Walters, Bibliotheca Sacra
David S. Dockery is president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Formerly professor of New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he is the author or editor of over ten books, including Interpreting the New Testament, Theologians of the Baptist Tradition in the Broadman & Holman Baptist History Collection (11 Vols.), and the Holman Concise Bible Commentary in the Holman Reference Collection (11 Vols.).